When I ditched Lean Cuisine pizza and Tasti-D-Lite dinners in favor of real food about five years ago, I was forced to start learning how to cook. At first it was just whole wheat pasta and broccoli, then it was omelettes, and then I learned about sweet potato fries and my life was changed forever. The truth is, I am not naturally a good cook. I have to follow a recipe and even then there is about a 70% chance that at least one component of the dish will turn out a bit burned, slightly undercooked or hmmm… missing a flavor I can’t quite put my finger on.

My husband on the other hand, is a fantastic cook. He doesn’t do it often, but when he does I seethe with jealousy as I watch him confidently dice, chop, season, grill, broil…you name it. He can taste any sauce and know exactly what it needs. Cumin, smoked paprika and…a bit more pepper. The man also makes his own quiche pie crust for crying out loud! Reason 2,9845 why life is unfair. But, my cooking skills have improved over the years, and now that I have (most) the basics down, my goal recently has been to come up with dishes that are good enough to serve to family and friends. This dish you’re looking at right here is one of them. I bought all of the ingredients at Trader Joe’s and it only took me about 20 minutes to prepare.

Oh, and it’s only six ingredients. I was skeptical about buying fish at Trader Joe’s, but I served the scallops to friends a few weeks ago and no one was the wiser. They loved it. OK, here’s the recipe…
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OK OK… you’re over it. I know. So am I. But the whole dumping ice cold water over our heads thing got me thinking about why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge campaign was started in the first place: To raise awareness. It also inspired me to focus even more on my health and to appreciate it to the fullest. So, friends, here is my challenge to YOU:

Don’t take your health for granted. Are you up for the task? Like I said, just take the first step. Don’t get so overwhelmed with all of the changes you need to make that you don’t do anything at all. After all, perfection is paralyzing, remember? Focus on one thing…one small change you can start working on now and keep building from there.

Recently I’ve been focusing on primarily eating for nutrition, instead of “what I’m in the mood for.” It’s not always easy, but it feels really good and it makes my treat meals seem even more like a treat. (As it turns out, eating French toast three mornings in a row is not nearly as much fun as I thought it would be.)


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